Stephen Mulhall

Stephen Mulhall


2008 Awarded title of ‘Professor of Philosophy’.
1998 Appointed Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, New College, Oxford.
1991 Appointed Reader in Philosophy, University of Essex.
1986 Elected Prize Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford.



1998 D.Phil in Philosophy, Balliol College/All Souls College, Oxford.
1984 MA in Philosophy University of Toronto.
1983 Congratulatory First Class BA Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Balliol College, Oxford).



2021 The Ascetic Ideal: Genealogies of Life-Denial in Religion, Morality, Art, Science, and Philosophy (Oxford University Press) 
2016 On Film: Third Edition (Routledge)
2015 The Great Riddle: Wittgenstein and Nonsense, Theology and Philosophy (Oxford University Press)
2013 The Self and its Shadows: A Book of Essays on Individuality as Negation in Philosophy and the Arts (Oxford University Press)
2009 The Wounded Animal: J.M.Coetzee and the Difficulty of Reality in Literature and Philosophy (Princeton University Press)



2021 ‘Moralism, Moral Individualism and Testimony’ in Balaska (ed), 'Cora Diamond on Ethics' (Palgrave Macmillan)
2020 ‘The Idea of Ethical Vulnerability: Perfectionism, Irony and the Theological Virtues’ – in Angelaki 25:1-2 (Feb-April 2020)
2019 ‘Filosofia, Autobiografia, e o Ideal Ascetico’ – in Ferraro, Faustino, Ryan (eds), Rostos Do Si: Autobiografia, Confissao, Terapia (Lisboa: Livros Vendaval)
2019 ‘On Nietzsche’s Legacy’ – in T. Stern (ed), The New Cambridge Companion to Nietzsche (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
2019 ‘Two Shoes And A Fountain: Ecstasis, Mimesis and Engrossment in Heidegger’s The Origin of the Work of Art’ – in Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society
2019 ‘Martin Scorsese’s Screening Room: Theatricality, Psychoanalysis and Modernity in Shutter Island’ – in C.B. Barnett and C.J.Elliston (eds), Martin Scorsese and Religion (Leiden: Brill)
2019 ‘The Alphabet of Us: Miracles, Messianism and the Baseline Test in Blade Runner 2049’ in Shanahan and Smart (eds), Blade Runner 2049: A Philosophical Exploration (Routledge: London)
2019 ‘Phenomenology and Ordinary Language Philosophy’ in Becker and Thomson (eds), The Cambridge History of Philosophy 1945-2015 (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge)
2018 ‘Riddles, Nonsense and Religious Language’, in Burley (ed), Wittgenstein, Religion and Ethics: New Perspectives from Philosophy and Theology (Bloomsbury: London)
2018 ‘Deep Relationality and the Hinge-Like Structure of History: Michael Fried’s Photographs’, in Abbott (ed), Michael Fried and Philosophy: Modernism, Intention and Theatricality (Routledge: Oxford)
2018 ‘The Well is Not the World: William Golding’s Sense of Reality in Darkness Visible’, in Falcato and Cardiello (eds), Philosophy in the Condition of Modernism (Palgrave Macmillan: London)


  • Wittgenstein 
  • Post-Kantian Continental European philosophical traditions and authors, especially Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger and Sartre;
  • Aesthetics (especially film and literature), and the relation between philosophy and the arts more generally;
  • Philosophy of Religion, and the relation between philosophy and theology.

As a tutorial fellow, I teach and lecture to undergraduates for our papers in Moral Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Religion, Post-Kantian Philosophy, and (occasionally) Kant. At graduate level, I have recently taught classes on Heidegger, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Philosophy and Literature, and Philosophy and Film.